BSECS Postgraduate and Early Career Scholars’ Conference

Queen’s University Belfast, 15-16 July 2015

The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies annual postgraduate and early-career scholars’ conference provides a forum for researchers working on all aspects of the history, literature and culture of the long eighteenth century.

Whilst proposals on all and any eighteenth-century topics are welcome, the conference theme this year is ‘Connections’. We therefore particularly welcome proposals for papers that address any aspect of this theme throughout the long eighteenth century and in any part of the world.

We invite proposals for individual papers, for full panels of three papers, and for roundtable sessions. We would also encourage proposals for workshops and presentations in other innovative formats.

Topics of interest may include (but are not limited to):

· Friendships, relationships, family connections

· Collaborations, partnership, patronage (literary, artistic, economic…)

· Clubs and communities

· Disjunctions and disconnections

· Transport, travel, communication

· Connections across disciplines, languages and cultures

· Intertextuality and literary connections: adaptation, allusion, connections between texts and contexts.

· Connections and attachments to place and time

· Philosophies and theologies of connection

· Commerce and trade

· Historical connections, ancestry, connections to the past

· Social connections

· Diplomacy and political connections

· Sentimental and emotional connections

Proposals of around 300 words should be submitted by email on or before 30th April 2015. For further information please contact the organisers at [email protected] or visit our website

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